Wye Racecourse

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Wye Racecourse
LocationWye, Kent
Coordinates51°10′35″N 0°55′52″E / 51.17639°N 0.93111°E / 51.17639; 0.93111Coordinates: 51°10′35″N 0°55′52″E / 51.17639°N 0.93111°E / 51.17639; 0.93111
Owned byDefunct
Date opened29 May 1849
Date closedJune 1975
Course typeNational Hunt
Notable racesWye Centenary Chase
Wye Sweepstake

Wye Racecourse (29 May 1849 – June 1975) was a British horse racing venue, situated in East Kent between Ashford and Canterbury about 600 yards south of Wye railway station.

The first racing in Wye took place on 29 May 1849 at the Crown. Originally, racing took place over fences and on the flat, but in 1878 the course moved to Harville Farm and flat racing ceased. Steeplechases, however, continued to be held in September, January, March, and May.[1]

The last racing took place at Wye on 2 May 1974 and the course closed permanently in June 1975. The Jockey Club had insisted upon changes to the course in August 1974, including changing the camber of the bottom turn and improving the grandstand. However, the owners were unable to fund these changes, leading to closure. Wye was a very small, oval track, less than 1 mile (1.6 km) round.[1][2]

The land is now farmed, although some evidence of the racecourse can still be seen from satellite photographs.


  1. ^ a b "Wye". Kent Rail. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Wye Racecourse". greyhoundderby.com. Retrieved 15 May 2013.